Tuesday, July 24, 2007


Feast, St James, apostle

July 25, 2007
Feast, St James, apostle
Wednesday 16th Week in Ordinary Time - Year I

Brothers and sisters: We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that
the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. We are afflicted
in every way, but not constrained; perplexed, but not driven to
despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not
destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so
that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our body. For we who
live are constantly being given up to death for the sake of Jesus, so
that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death
is at work in us, but life in you. Since, then, we have the same
spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed, therefore I
spoke, we too believe and therefore speak, knowing that the one who
raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and place us with
you in his presence. Everything indeed is for you, so that the grace
bestowed in abundance on more and more people may cause the
thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.

MATTHEW 20:20-28
The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and
did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her,
"What do you wish?" She answered him, "Command that these two sons of
mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your
Kingdom." Jesus said in reply, "You do not know what you are asking.
Can you drink the chalice that I am going to drink?" They said to him,
"We can." He replied, "My chalice you will indeed drink, but to sit at
my right and at my left, this is not mine to give but is for those for
whom it has been prepared by my Father." When the ten heard this, they
became indignant at the two brothers. But Jesus summoned them and
said, "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and
the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not
be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be
your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your
slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many."

St James was the son of Zebedee and brother of John, Evangelist and
Apostle. He was born at Bethsaida in Galilee. He was the first apostle
to die, martyred by Herod Agrippa I.

Today's Gospel is truly a word of life for all of us. Indeed, it shows
the path of life for Christians. It gives us as a guideline: "Serve
first the needs of other people. It is a word that is contrary to what
the world tells us today. We often hear people say: What are we in
power for? Today this is said in government, in school, in the family,
in the church and in practically all areas of human activity. The
mentality of the world is to dominate people. It is to have power so
that we may benefit from that power. And in the end we will be served
according to what we want and need.

But Christianity is the opposite! To be Christian means to think like
Christ, to act like Christ. It means to live in a radical way, that
is, to live contrary to the values of the pagan world.

This Gospel invites us to the true happiness, which is to serve. And
the reward will be that we shall be called sons and daughters of God
and will sit at the Heavenly banquet, maybe not right or left, but
surely somewhere there in Heaven. Let us all learn from James who
served up to the end when he was martyred bring the Good News to all.

We pray ...
.. for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
.. for the strength, healing and speedy recovery of:
- Dodo
- Ely
.. Healings for:
- Helen, Cecelia, BE, Ken, Ann, Chris
- Julie Manzon, Delly David, Glenda Bisco and Charlies Castro
.. for the personal intentions of:
- Jasmin
- Veronica Yap
- Josie Ureta, Glenn Manzon, Pat Manzon
.. Thanksgiving for:
- Manzon family, Barayoga family, Vergara family
- Bonsol family and Jose Rigor
.. for the eternal repose of the souls of
- Geronimo Z. Velasco.
- Jesus "Jess" Sison
- Engracia and Angel
- Lourders Barayoga and Domingo Barayoga
Eternal rest grant unto then and perpetual light shine upon them. May
they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
.. for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Benita Yao Sio Eng VDA Hwan
- Birthday: Flor de la Rosa
- Birthday: Julie and Glenn Manzon
.. for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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